I used to post regularly back in my highschool and uni days (about a decade ago now) when the magazine was still the best around.
My rig is a dated one now.
- i5 4590 3.3hhz (no aftermarket cooling, no overclock means why bother. Its stable with stock cooler!)
- Asus Sabertooth z97 mk2
- Asus r9 290x Reference (which actually has served really phenomenonly for the past 4 years. I can still get 144fps on overwatch on low).
- 8gb of ram (some kind of older slower corsair ddr3)
The reason im upgrading is the r9 is showing signs of age. It will randomly crash, it runs hot (not unusual for the reference edition), and it seems that it may not be long for this world. I have cleaned it tons of times, replaced thermal paste every 6-12 months. Everything else works pretty well.
I was thinking of not replacing the entire system but rather getting a refurb i7 chip (one that I can overclock), new and faster ram and a new graphics card.
I was looking at GTX 1080.
The machine has to last another 4 years.
So my question is, do I upgrade. Or work some extra shifts and get a new rig with similar parts.
What I think I might do Is maybe source a config that has equivelent cost components and see what that kind of machine would look like today.